TWU claims win over slush fund allegations

By: Jason Whittaker


The New South Wales branch of the Transport Workers Union is claiming a victory in the argument over whether it

The New South Wales branch of the Transport Workers Union is claiming a victory in the argument over whether it used resources from its training fund to back Labor candidates.

The NSW Industrial Registrar has commented on whether the fund was used inappropriately and has found the TWU is complying with the recommendations of an independent audit into the running of the Training, Education and Industrial Rights Fund.

Allegations of misappropriation were levelled against the TWU during last year’s federal election. In response, TWU boss Tony Sheldon hired auditing firm Deloitte to look over the union’s books.

"On the basis of the information contained therein I am satisfied that the Transport Workers’ Union (NSW Branch) is taking appropriate action in response to the recommendations contained within the Deloitte Report," the NSW Industrial Registrar says.

While Deloitte highlighted some funds were used inappropriately, overall it found the conduct of the fund was in order. It did, however, recommend the TWU restructure its administrative committee to improve the fund’s structure.

According to a spokesman for the TWU, the union is working to establish a company limited by guarantee to assume the functions of the fund.

"This new structure will include employer representation on its board and union representatives will be nominated from the TWU’s rank and file Committee of Management," he says.

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